Police and social services were today accused of fuelling a culture of silence which has allowed hundreds of young white girls to be exploited by Muslim men for sex.
New figures suggest that an alarmingly high proportion of prosecutions for on-street grooming of girls aged between 11 and 16 have involved men of Pakistani and Muslim heritage.
Experts claim the statistics represent a mere fraction of a 'tidal wave' of offending in counties across the Midlands and the north of England which has been going on for more than a decade.
Chief Inspector Alan Edwards said: 'These girls are being passed around and used as meat.
'To stop this type of crime you need to start everyone talking about it but everyone's been too scared to address the ethnicity factor.
The offenders were not viewed as paedophiles but had picked the girls 'because of their malleability'.
The report concluded that 'race is a delicate issue' that should be 'handled sensitively but not brushed under the carpet'.
Guilty: Married fathers Mohammed Liaqat (top below) and Abid Saddique (bottom below) who were jailed at Leicester Crown Court at the end of last year in one most notorious incidents of grooming young girls:
In a typical scenario, the victim is initially treated as a girlfriend and showered with presents and attention.
But the relationship quickly becomes more sinister as the abuser plies the child with drink and drugs before effectively pimping her out to friends and associates.
The worst cases involve young girls being moved around the country to be repeatedly abused.
Charities and agencies working in conjunction with the police to help victims of sexual abuse in such cases have publicly denied there is a link between ethnicity and the on-street grooming of young girls by gangs and pimps.
The presiding judge Peter Kelson QC, told the men they were ‘sexual predators’, adding: ‘You had what you regarded as your fun. Now you will take your punishment.
NOVEMBER 1997: LEEDS TAXI DRIVERS
Mohammed Naim Rashid, 21, was jailed for seven years and Abid Hussain Sadique, 21, for four by Leeds Crown Court in November 1997.
There were 20 victims, some as young as 12, who had been groomed for sex by a ring of private-hire drivers. They were abused in a room above the taxi office.
In a case sparked by the disappearance of Charlene Downes, 14, two illegal Muslim immigrants were jailed for the rape of another girl, 16.
Police have never found any trace of Charlene and two men were acquitted of her murder after a jury failed to reach verdicts.
They targeted two 14-year-olds in the care of social services, plying them with drink an drugs before having sex with them in a BMW and a flat.
The victims were also offered to brothers, uncles and friends for sex.
The city's crown court heard how an inquiry was sparked when a number of girls went missing from home.
Failed Iraqi asylum seeker Ayad Mahmood, 35, and Aziz Sabir Hamed, 24, were both given a ten-year sentence.
Ajmal Afridi, 19, Imitiaz Syed, 20, Tayub Hussain, 19, Mustafa Arshad, 17, and Mohammed Usman Raja, 20, were all jailed for their part in the assault.
More than 100 police officers were involved in Operation Retriever, which identified 27 victims, 22 of whom were white [and all were non-Muslim].
They then exchanged number, invited them to parties and fed them drugs and alcohol before handing them to older men for sex.